The 2021-22 NHL season goes on Tuesday, November 9, bringing plenty of interesting markets to the bettors, so we’re taking a closer look at the Pacific Division showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to get you the best Kraken vs. Golden Knights betting pick.
Seattle meets Vegas for the second time this season. Back on the opening night, the Golden Knights outlasted the Kraken 4-3 as massive -235 moneyline favorites on the home ice. This time around, Vegas is a -133 moneyline fave with a total of 5.5 goals on BetOnline Sportsbook.
The Kraken blew a two-goal lead against the worst team in the NHL
The Seattle Kraken (4-7-1) are sitting bottom of the Pacific Division with nine points from 12 games, coming off a painful 5-4 defeat at Arizona this past Saturday. They allowed the Coyotes to grab their first win of the season despite scoring a couple of goals inside of the first minute.
The Kraken had a 3-1 lead at the end of the 1st period as well but couldn’t hold on for too long. The Coyotes turned the game on its head and escaped with a win thanks to Lawson Crouse’s second goal on the night with 1:05 left on the clock in the third period.
Seattle owns the worst power-play percentage in the NHL, going 3-for-38 with the man advantage (7.89%). The Kraken score 2.83 goals per game (18th in the league) on a 9.6 shooting percentage (tied-14th) while surrendering 3.33 goals in a return (26th). Philipp Grubauer is expected to guard the cage Tuesday against Vegas, and he’s 4-5-1 with a 2.97 GAA and a .886 save percentage in 2021-22.
The Golden Knights start a six-game homestand
The injury-depleted Vegas Golden Knights (6-6-0) have done a superb job over the last two weeks, winning five of their previous seven contests at any location. Keep in mind that Vegas misses Max Pacioretty (foot), Mark Stone (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body), and William Karlsson (foot).
The Golden Knights wrapped up a four-game road trip last Sunday, suffering a 5-2 defeat at the Detroit Red Wings. They took 40 shots towards Thomas Greiss, who was outstanding between the pipes, while Laurent Brossoit yielded four goals on 29 shots.
Robin Lehner should patrol the crease Tuesday against the Kraken, and he’s 5-5-0 with a 2.80 GAA and a .919 save percentage on the season. The Golden Knights surrender 3.17 goals per game (24th in the NHL) while tallying only 2.67 in a return (tied-20th) on an 8.1 shooting percentage (24th).
- 3-7 in the last ten games overall
- 0-5 in the last five games on the road
- 5-2 in the last seven games overall
Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
The Golden Knights are without some very important players, making the side bet tough, but they should have enough firepower to outlast the newcomers. The Kraken are still trying to figure it out, especially on the defensive end, so I’m backing the hosts to win straight up.
Back in the opener, the Golden Knights barely outlasted the Kraken thanks to Chandler Stephenson’s goal with 11:27 left in the 3rd period. Stephenson has already accounted for 12 points so far this season (five goals and seven assists), so keep your eyes on him if you like player props.
Pick: Take Vegas Golden Knights at -133
I’ve mentioned the Kraken’s woes with the man advantage, and the Golden Knights have been terrible, too, going 2-for-24 (8.33%). Neither side has impressed killing the penalties, so they could easily score a few power-play goals here to break out of their funk. Also, Seattle is committing a whopping 12.9 penalty minutes per contest.
The over is 4-2 in Seattle’s last six games overall, and it is 4-1 in Vegas’ previous five outings at any location.
Pick: Go over 5.5 goals at -108